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Flight simulator. Training session in a Boeing 777 aircraft simulator. The interior is an accurate model of the cockpit of the real aeroplane. The instructor (far left, foreground) monitors and directs the simulation with a control panel (lower right, not found in real aircraft). A wide variety of situations can be simulated, ensuring the competence of the pilots before they fly a real plane. Here they are landing at Heathrow airport, UK. The controls are linked to a computer that provides realistic graphics and instrument readings depending on the pilots' actions. The simulator is mounted on six hydraulic legs to provide realistic movement.
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